Watch your step…The danger of falling as you get older

23 Jan

Watch your step…The danger of falling as you get older

Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall. Falls are a common cause of injury. If you have a fall, it’s important to keep calm. If you’re not hurt and you feel strong enough to get up, don’t get up quickly. If you’re hurt or unable to get up, try to get someone’s attention and always keep a mobile phone in your pocket so you can call for help.

Older people are also more likely to suffer a fall because they may have balance problems and muscle weakness, poor vision or a long-term health condition, such as heart disease, dementia or low blood pressure, which can lead to dizziness and a brief loss of consciousness.

Falls are more likely to happen if floors are wet, the lighting in the room is dim, rugs or carpets are not properly secured, or if you are reaching for storage areas, going down stairs or rushing to get to the toilet.

There are ways you can reduce your risk of having a fall, including making simple changes to your home, for example removing clutter, trailing wires and frayed carpet, mopping up spillages and using non-slip mats and rugs. Also consider doing exercises to improve your strength and balance. Finally, it is also worth mentioning that avoiding alcohol or reducing the amount you drink can reduce your risk of having a fall…and remember to watch your step when walking outdoors at all times.